John 17


John 17 is Jesus’ prayer on the eve of his arrest and death. He prays for himself, his disciples, and for those who would come to Christ as a result of their ministry. The core of his prayer is that the world would know and truly understand that he is more than a prophet, but the one sent from God to restore humanity and all creation to God and to save from sin.


The focus of the discussion are the three areas of Jesus’ prayer:

  • The Glory of God
  • Obedience to God’s word
  • Unity of the body

Discussion Questions

  1. What stood out to you from the weekend sermon from John 17?

  2. The heart of Jesus in this prayer is the glory of God. What is glory?

  3. Giving God glory is our purpose in life. Jesus glorified God through the work of the cross.
    Read 1 Corinthians 10. As you seek to serve God and build his Kingdom, how can God be glorified through you?

  4. How does Jesus define eternal life in verse 3?
    Is this definition different than what you have been taught?

  5. Read vs 18, Bill said, “As followers of Christ we are called to reveal the light of Jesus to a dark world.”
    How does that challenge you?
    In your world, how can your life be a light for Christ?

  6. In vs 23 Jesus prays that the world would know him through our love for one another. The idea of “unity” often gets so romanticized that it becomes unattainable. Is the vision for unity that Jesus expresses in this prayer impossible?

  7. Read Ephesians 4:13. What would happen if the world saw Christians united together standing on the truth of God’s Word?

  8. What changes need to be made in your life so that Jesus’ prayer of truth and unity can be true of you?